Pedagogy at PON

Pedagogy at PON is dedicated to improving the way people teach and learn about negotiation and dispute resolution. Incorporating and expanding on the historical mission of the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center, Pedagogy at PON serves as an intellectual focal point for negotiation education through research, curriculum development, training, and networking

The mission of Pedagogy at PON is to:

  • contribute to the growing field of negotiation and dispute resolution pedagogy through research and publications;
  • support experienced and next-generation negotiation and dispute resolution educators through workshops, idea exchanges, and other educator-focused events;
  • foster connections between communities of negotiation and dispute resolution educators and scholars;
  • develop and distribute teaching materials that are useful in skills-based negotiation and dispute resolution instruction; and
  • explore and test the application of new technologies to improve teaching and learning about negotiation and dispute resolution.
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What Are Our Students Actually Learning? Gauging Effectiveness in Teaching Negotiation

Lara SanPietro   •  03/26/2018   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON, Teaching Negotiation

gauging effectiveness teaching negotiation

Ways of Gauging Effectiveness in Teaching Negotiation
Most instructors aspire to do more than simply teach students about negotiation. They want to teach students how to negotiate more effectively. That’s an ambitious goal, given the complexity of the process. Negotiation success requires keen analysis and deft social skills, along with a mix of confidence and humility. … Read More 

From Intellectual Awareness to Living Craft: A Window into Negotiated Rule-making

PON Staff   •  02/28/2013   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

By Bruno Verdini

Dirty Stuff II is a five-party, multi-issue, facilitated negotiation game that explores the theory and practice of negotiated rule-making (a process that public agencies in the United States can use to draft regulations). Accessible to students, activists, managers, scientists, and decision-makers, the exercise explores collaborative approaches to formulating restrictions on the production and … Read More 

Can Games Really Change the Course of History?

PON Staff   •  02/28/2013   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

By Lawrence Susskind

At a recent meeting at Sciences Po in Paris, scholars and practitioners from a number of countries heard about a very elaborate game in which more than 150 students played the parts of climate change negotiators from all over the world. We watched a video highlighting their intense and emotional interactions on the … Read More 

Book Review: Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves

PON Staff   •  01/31/2013   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON, Reviews of Books

Noam Ebner, James Coben, and Christopher Honeyman, Editors. DRI Press, 2012. 306 pages.

By Todd Schenk

Introduction

Many of us teaching negotiation pride ourselves on the innovative pedagogical tools we employ. Role-play simulation exercises, case studies, videos, and small-group vignettes are just some of the ways in which we actively and effectively engage students in the learning process. Yet we … Read More 

Negotiation and Neuroscience: Possible Lessons for Negotiation Instruction

PON Staff   •  12/18/2012   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

By Todd Schenk

Can an Understanding of Neuroscience Help Inform Teaching Negotiation? 

Cognition and emotion are important elements of negotiation, from the emergence of disputes through the implementation of agreements. The growing body of research in the cognitive sciences may be able to help us improve negotiation instruction. Thus, the fall 2012 Negotiation Pedagogy Faculty Dinner Seminar … Read More 

Teaching Negotiation Online: Lessons from Teaching in the Simmons College School of Management MBA and MHA Degree Programs

PON Staff   •  11/14/2012   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Simmons College believes that it is important for people in a leadership position, in almost any profession, to have a basic understanding of, and competency in, the negotiation process. Therefore, negotiation is a required course for the Simmons School of Management Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Health Administration (MHA) degrees. The author … Read More 

Role-Play Simulations and Managing Climate Change Risks

PON Staff   •  11/14/2012   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Climate change risks are an increasingly important consideration in many decisions with long-term implications, such as choices around economic development and infrastructure investment. It does not make sense to invest in projects that will be destroyed by sea-level rise or undermined by sustained drought. The enormous uncertainty associated with climate change makes it difficult, however, … Read More 

The Mercury Game: Teaching about the role of scientific information in international environmental negotiations

PON Staff   •  11/14/2011   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Incorporating scientific and technical information into negotiations is an ongoing and difficult problem. Scientific uncertainty remains a key challenge, particularly in the context of environmental decision-making. Despite decades of scientific research on problems including biodiversity loss, ozone depletion, climate change, and hazardous chemicals, effectively communicating uncertainty remains a major challenge in environmental treaty negotiations and … Read More 

Using a Series of Linked Games to Teach a Mutual-Gains Approach to Water Negotiations

PON Staff   •  11/14/2011   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Multi-issue, multi-party negotiations over the allocation of boundary-crossing water resources are increasingly important almost everywhere in the world. Existing role-play simulations are helpful in conveying practical wisdom about such negotiations, but most games only deal with one issue or one aspect of negotiation at a time.
Underrepresented in our teaching materials are ‘linked games’ that cover … Read More 

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